Peter J. Allen, MD Peter J. Allen, MD

Peter J. Allen, MD

Gastrointestinal Surgeon, General Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist

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919-684-6858 Office number
919-613-1325
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Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below. Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

Below are the plans currently accepted in 2018. There are some changes to the plans accepted beginning January 1, 2019. More information will become available on PlanForDuke.com.

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ABOUT ME

I am a cancer surgeon who specializes in treating patients with pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the pancreas, liver, bile ducts, stomach, and adrenal glands. I initially trained and practiced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During this time, I served one year on a forward surgical team in Iraq. Following this service, I practiced for 13 years as a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In 2018, I joined the faculty at Duke University and now serve as the chief of surgical oncology for Duke Health. I enjoy getting to know my patients and delivering the highest quality of cancer care. I am dedicated not only to treating and curing your cancer, but also providing you with the highest quality of life. Operations for cancers within the abdomen are a serious undertaking, and I am committed to making sure that they are performed with the highest level of expertise.

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English
Training
EDUCATION
MD, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire), 1993
RESIDENCY
General Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Washington, D.C.), 1993-1999
FELLOWSHIP
Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York), 2001-2003
Clinical Focus and Research
MY RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and the development of safer and less invasive ways to perform pancreatic surgery. My work in early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer has centered on the evaluation of patients with precancerous cystic lesions of the pancreas. These lesions are quite common and many have the potential to become pancreatic cancer. Our research has identified proteins in the fluid of these cysts that may allow us to identify very early pancreatic cancer. We have also found a possible mechanism to prevent this progression to cancer. My group has also looked at the technical aspects of pancreatic surgery and has identified medicines and approaches to the operation that have been shown to make it safer. This research has resulted in fewer complications and shorter time in the hospital for patients who undergo pancreatic surgery.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations
This faculty member has no reported relationships with industry.